Thursday, March 16 - Play at Rainier Arts Center - Boy Who Cried Wolf
Wednesday, March 22 - Early Release (12:05)
Tuesday, April 4 - Museum of Flight (finally!)
Thursday, April 6 - Poetry Reading - 8:00am
April 10-14 - Spring Break - No School
Welcome back from mid-winter break! Often times, coming back from a break can be challenging for students, getting up early again, re-establishing routines, and putting in a lot of mental work throughout the day. However, your students made the transition beautifully! They got right back into the swing of things. Also, I can tell we are midway through the year. They are growing more self-directed and taking on more responsibility!
Weights and Balances
Our new science unit focuses on weights and balancing. This week, students explored different types of balancing. First with a balance beam, then mobiles and most recently with an equal-arm balance. Students are exploring how balance changes as weight moves closer to and away from the fulcrum. Students also explore moving the fulcrum and how that action changes balance. Looking forward to exploring more weights and balancing!
We are finishing up our addition and subtraction focused unit with word problems using a bar models. Bar models came from Singapore math, and are a picture tool to help students organize and solve word problems. If you would like to know more about the progression of bar models you can go to this power point that explains how they are used in each grade. We are finishing up our addition and subtraction unit, however, we will continue to use bar models as we explore money and measurement.
Poetry! We are starting our unit in poetry this week. We started by sharing some of our favorite poems and then we practiced writing poetry by looking at everyday objects in new ways. Here is the poem that inspired our initial practice:
I think there are a hundred bees
inside the pencil sharpener
and they buzz
until my point
-Zoe Ryder White
We will have poetry reading on Thursday, April 6 in the morning (8:00am) to share the work we've created!
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||